Meanwhile, 17-year-old defender Kris Moore impressed for the U23s and coach Mark Jackson gave his verdict on the youngster after his team’s recent 3-1 win over Crystal Palace. He said: “He has done well, Kris has trained since the beginning of the preseason and also last season with the group.

“We had no doubts about Kris’ ability to handle the situation and the promotion and he did fantastic well against a tough opponent on (Rob) Street upstairs who was physically good and good in the air. I thought we got along well with this.

He continued: “(I am) pleased with the win. Congratulations to the boys because every win is a good win. There were certain elements of the game that we needed to get better at.

“First game of the season, it was a competitive game and a challenging game. With Crystal Palace reduced to 10 men, it’s not as easy as it sounds. They were organized and hardworking. There are many areas that we can work on.

“We have players far out who can injure teams, we had to use our large areas more, let the ball circulate a little better and control the game a little better, but” [the wingers] were certainly an influence on the game. “

We’ve rounded up the best of today’s transfer speculation below …

Crystal Palace reportedly knocked back a £ 5m bid for Watford midfielder Will Hughes. The Eagles board has been suspected of not increasing their bid, despite manager Patrick Vieira keen to get the playmaker on board. (Daily Mail)

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Newcastle United are believed to have made a request for Chelsea’s versatile defender Ethan Ampadu, whom they are looking to bring to the club on loan. The report also suggests the Magpies have an interest in his blues defender Malang Sarr. (The sun)


Brighton & Hove Albion have been recommended to loan midfielder Jayson Molumby for another season. The Republic of Ireland international spent time with Preston and Millwall the previous season. (The sun)

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Chelsea were advised to make one last attempt to sign Seville defender Jules Kounde after the £ 34million sale of Tammy Abraham to Roma. It is believed that adding to their finances could help fund a big step for the France international. (Sports witnesses)

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